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[ROG] ROG Reviews the ASUS ROG Crosshair V Formula-Z

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The Crosshair V Formula-Z is available soon and boasts significant hardware upgrades from its predecessor. Republic of Gamers introduces the improved Extreme Engine Digi+II which allows for an unprecedented amount of control over the CPU and memory for precision overclocking. The new Memory T-Topology design allows for an additional 15% memory bandwidth and now allows for 2400MHz DDR3 Modules on the AMD 990FX/SB950 Chipset. The board comes with Crossfire X/SLi support for up to three graphics card with CrossFire in dual x16 mode and Tri-SLi in x16/x8/x8 mode.


http://rog.asus.com/146752012/labels/rog-exclusive/asus-rog-crosshair-v-formula-z-amd-motherboard-overview/
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not a bad lookin board right there

2400mhz DDR3 makes me moist
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not a bad lookin board right there
2400mhz DDR3 makes me moist
Yeah, but it just seems they rebranded the board and added memory bandwidth to boost it up. There's a few other features, but overall, it's not a huge difference between the Crosshair V Formula and the Formula-Z. There's probably going to be a $20 or $30 increase in price for it I'm sure. guess it was time they came out with something to push AM3+ now that AMD's new chips should hit the market soon.
     
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If I were building a new AMD machine or looking to upgrade an existing one (Phenom II X4/X6), I would definitely consider this board. With all the new high-speed low-cost memory its nice that those with AMD builds will be able to get in on the action. Although, do any of their current chips have strong enough IMCs?
   
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looks great to me. im one of those old school sound card users so having pci was always important to me, but i think its time to finally get with the times and get something a bit updated; this board looks great to me. my crosshair V has never hiccuped once, though when Piledriver comes out later this year i may just pick this up as well. the things i noticed right off the bat were of course the upped memory standard, then you got a ton more sata connectors, pci express, still got the dual x16 which is good to hear too. im impressed.
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I think when it comes time to add some more "oomph" to my girlfriend's PC, which has a Phenom II X4 960T that will unlock to a full X6 w/o needing extra voltage and still overclocks beyond 4Ghz, I will be getting one of these. The high quality integrated audio is what makes it stand out to me, as she uses her PC for Netflix more than anything other than the Internet/school, and has some good speakers (Klipsch Icon bookshelf speakers).

I guess it's just nice to see that despite Intel having the best CPUs @ every price range (current lineups, although the APUs from AMD are fantastic for those who don't want discrete GPU), high-end boards are still being released from high-end companies that cater to Phenom II + BD users.
   
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They need to make a crosshair v gene, not another formula..
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They need to make a crosshair v gene, not another formula..
I wish they'd make a standarx ATX 1155 board for Intel as well.
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If I were building a new AMD machine or looking to upgrade an existing one (Phenom II X4/X6), I would definitely consider this board. With all the new high-speed low-cost memory its nice that those with AMD builds will be able to get in on the action. Although, do any of their current chips have strong enough IMCs?

Uh... Bulldozer holds the world record for memory speed at over 3700MHz, unless my info is outdated.

In terms of actual memory bandwidth, though, 3700MHz RAM on AMD is like 2000MHz RAM on Intel. Some major aspects of the memory controller haven't been updated in an incredibly long time.
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They need to make a crosshair v gene, not another formula..

This. There are no AM3+ mATX boards beyond POS $50 760G boards.
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16 CORES!!!! 4GB VRAM!!!! FASTER THAN 3960X + 7... ALIENWARE GAMING CARPET 
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This board supports 2400mhz ram modules but piledriver specs show that it only supports 1866. so wouldn't buying 2400mhz ram be a waste? Or am I missing something? I hope I don't derail the thread, but if someone could explain this real fast that would be great.
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